STARTING PLAYERS / SUBSTITUTES
RANKING 2000 - 2008
After two tight victories against VEN and JPN (score in both cases: 3:2) in group A, China reached the quarter finals; but later, they clearly lost against BRA with a score of 0:3 and came in on position 6 in the end.
Team in general
· China “youngest“average age 25,6; without libero) and, besides BRA, “shortest“ team with little international experience (average 60 matches) – 9 players played during WCh in 2006!
· Way of playing/concept of playing adjusted to European teams – regarding: distribution of functions, specialization and organisation of matches from reception and/or defence.
· Since WCh 2006, individual and group tactical behaviour improved – utilization of computer-assisted analysis of matches.
All in all serves not efficient as yet (jump/floater) – only 0.52 points by set; lack of variation and stability; No 8 Cui (rank 8) best server of the team.
· Instable reception in case of hard, variable jump serves – sometimes also in case of floaters.
· Reception in 3-player formation – 4-player formation against very powerful jump serves.
Set / Attack Complex 1 and Complex 2
· After a good reception, setter No 9 Jiao tries to organize the match fast – with No 1 Bian in the middle of the net, the attack is more flexible and unpredictable – when they organize their playing well and set precisely, the team can finish attacks successfully!
· Attack in complex I: Fast and variable playing after good reception – distribution of balls still too one-sided – lack of options for setting from 3-m zone.
· Attack in complex II: in transitional situations (defence and safety) against a group block, not enough striking force – weakness in finishing attacks.
· All in all, efficiency of attack in complex I and II still too low (no TOP scorer).
Block / Defence
· Difference in performance in block situations when compared to the top four (1.6 compared to 3.0 – 3.2 avg points by set).
· Low efficiency in serves, causes difficult blocking situations for the team – more successful in group blocks on outside positions; deficits in individual and group tactical behaviour in case of opponents good reception.
· Receivers in backcourt attack 6 (Pipe) usually go to pos. 6 – here, libero changes to pos. 5; MB No 11 Yu and No 1 Bian vary accordingly and go to pos. 5/6 after their own serve.